Crazy for Coconuts! Part 1

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I was out shopping at a health food store with my girlfriend and we came across young Thai Coconuts- these are not the hard, brown ones that we are used to seeing- they are white and have a point at the top.  I love these tropical fruits and so does my family, so I put 2 of them in my cart.  My friend decided she was going to purchase one as well.  A few days later I received a phone call from her saying that the coconut wasn’t good at all- it was very fibrous and tasted like dirt- turns out she didn’t crack it open and was eating the husk!!!  I assumed she knew how to eat one and she assumed because it was white that it was already opened!!!  Okay, so I told this story because most of us have only seen the brown, hard round coconuts at the store.  If you have ever purchased one and opened it I bet you were very disappointed-the inside is very hard and there is very little water inside.  The reason is because these are old coconuts.  If you were to travel to a tropical paradise you would not see these hanging from a tree-you would actually see a big green fruit that looks nothing like what is sold at the stores.  So a coconut starts off green, then when the outer part is cut away what you have left is the white young Thai coconut, if you were to cut off this husk there is a round shell underneath that would resemble that types of coconuts we normally see.  I say all of this so you realize that they are all the same type of coconut it is just the different stages that you could see them in.  Obviously, the most nutritious would be straight off of a tree but for those of us who do not live in a coconut growing paradise we have to purchase ours and so for us the next best thing would be young Thai Coconuts.  These contain lots of nutritious water in them and also delicious coconut meat.  I buy mine at Zerbos, Whole Foods, Randazzos or Meijers!!!  They are fairly cheap and well worth the money.  There are 2 edible parts to a coconut- the water and the meat.   Coconut water is nutritionally amazing!!  It has the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood and because of this it has been used as an alternative to blood transfusions in other countries.  During the Pacific War of 1941-45 both sides used coconut water siphoned directly from the coconut to wounded soldiers.  The benefits of this water is almost endless!!  To name a few things:

  • it is 99% fat free (the water not the meat)
  • keeps body cool and at proper temperature
  • excellent re- hydration drink without the dyes and added sugar
  • aids in fighting viruses
  • improves digestion
  • promotes healthy thyroid
  • helps to control diabetes
  • cleanses digestive tract
  • raises metabolism

If you cannot find coconuts they do sell coconut water in health food stores- make sure it says 100% pure coconut water.  Once you have a coconut you have to crack it open – here is a link to a video to show you how to properly open a coconut: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt1-frO1tTk

Once opened I pour the water through a strainer to get out any chunks of husk and then I spoon out the meat and wash away any of the hard shell that is left on it.  The meat can be eaten as is or blended with the water to make coconut milk.  Here are some recipes that I like to make with a coconut:

Chocolate Coconut Smoothie

  • Meat and water from one whole coconut
  • Cocoa powder or carob powder (1-2 tbsp)
  • agave nectar (1/4 cup)
  • vanilla (1 tbsp)
  • ice

Blend together and drink!!!

Pina Colada Smoothie

  • Meat and water from one whole coconut
  • 1/2 of fresh pineapple
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 mango
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • ice

Blend and enjoy!!

Coconut Cinnamon Smoothie

  • water and meat from one whole coconut
  • honey (1-2 tbsp)
  • Cinnamon (1-2 tsp.)
  • vanilla (1 tsp)
  • ice

Blend and enjoy!!!

Make sure you read about coconuts in part 2!!!

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